Long Lost Bear Bryant Ring Returned to Tide Player After 50 Years
What a great story from Yellowhammer News! Alabama Crimson Tide All-American offensive lineman Wayne Freeman received a personal gift from Coach Bryant nearly 50 years ago. An "A-Club" ring. It was lost in a bathroom bar in Alabama around '67 or '68.
The Yellowhammer News quotes Freeman as saying:
“It’s a special ring because back when I was playing, you had to get your degree,” Freeman said. “This ring was not from the university, it’s from Coach Bryant personally. That carries a lot more leverage. A lot of guys didn’t ever get a ring.”
And according to Yellowhammer News, a gentleman named Tom Brakefield, a lifelong Alabama fan who lives in Greystone outside of Birmingham is always on the lookout for Crimson Tide collectables. An auction house sent him an email alert that a rare item was coming up for bid.
“I got a notice that they had a ’64 Alabama A-Club ring with a notation of ‘to Wayne Freeman from Paul Bryant,’” Brakefield said.
Tom went to work to get the ring back. After a little time and much effort, he and some friends presented Mr. Freeman with the lost treasure.
Watch the video and read the entire emotional story at Yellowhammer News